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Hi from a Newbie in Decatur, GA!

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Hi from a Newbie in Decatur, GA!

Post  The Cat's Other Mother on 5/19/2010, 12:59 pm



I'm not a total garden virgin, but my previous few attempts were sadly overrun by weeds, and not very productive. I had pretty much given up on it as too much work, until reading Mel's book.

I started some seeds before building boxes, and bought my eggplant and tomatoes, but just 2 weeks after planting, my corn, peas, beans, cukes and broccoli are all sprouting happily, and my transplanted gourds are thriving. The transplanted cilantro looks a bit scrubby yet, but overall, I'm thrilled.

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Post  junequilt on 5/19/2010, 5:25 pm

Welcome, fellow Southerner! I'm in the Columbia, SC area. It looks like you've varmit-protected your boxes. Do you have wildlife challenges in Decatur?
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Post  The Cat's Other Mother on 5/19/2010, 6:18 pm

There are lots of squirrels and crows, and bunnies in back yard(garden in front) but mainly there was a neighborhood cat who thought my boxes were nifty outdoor litter boxes.

How about you? Any problems with critters? Pics?

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Post  junequilt on 5/20/2010, 4:29 pm

No pix yet, but I need to take some!

We have three ornery felines who patrol our garden. They don't catch much except for the occasional mole, but they do a pretty good job of keeping damaging wildlife, such as squirrels and bunnies, at bay. Luckily, they're not interested in the toads and skinks, who are welcome. We live on the sandhills, so there is no shortage of places for the kitty boys to go potty, but I don't trust them ONE BIT where the garden is concerned, LOL! I've found that they really hate fencing -- not upright, but wire fence fabric that is laid flat on top of the ground or the square foot box. They absolutely will not walk on it, ewwww! So new or renewed garden areas that will not be staked get a piece of fencing laid flat, left in place until the plants have gotten established, after which we just lift it off.

We have dogs, too, and they can be kind of nosy-destructive, especially if they scent something interestingly organic in the soil (bone meal, blood meal, that kind of thing). Both dogs and cats hate upright stakes. Our new square foot beds that are mostly full of tomatoes and peppers have a 4' upright stake per square in the first three rows, and none of the dogs or cats want anything to do with them.

Our biggest gardening concern at the moment (other than the lack of rainfall) is that for the first time in 18 years, we have deer in the vicinity. We live on the highest, dryest part of the sandhills, and have always assumed that the area didn't have sufficient water or forage for them. However, several have been sighted, and our dogs actually gave chase to one a few weeks ago during a walk through the woods. So we may have to put up some deer fencing.
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Post  The Cat's Other Mother on 5/20/2010, 9:00 pm

Good luck keeping the deer out. My dad had such a big problem with them last year that he isn't planting much this year. Just some tomatoes in containers. Hopefully the little mutt they adopted since then will keep them run off, since their huge Rottweiller is a coward.

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